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Upcoming CLAFI Events

Date/Time Event
Apr 25, 2019
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Lecture: Globalism and the Crisis of Inheritance
UCLA Law School, Room 1457, Los Angeles CA
Apr 27, 2019
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Seminar: Tocqueville, Democracy in America (Excerpts)
UCLA Law School, Faculty Library (Room 2326), Los Angeles CA

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Missed a lecture? Wish you could go back and listen to a lecture again? Not a problem. CLAFI is now posting videos of past lectures, so you can attend any lectures that you missed, and revisit any lectures that you enjoyed.

“Does Religious Faith Delude Reason?” -by Paul O’Reilly

Paul O’Reilly  is a Tutor and Vice President for Development at Thomas Aquinas College. He has been the primary leader of the seminars sponsored by the Agora Foundation since 1999. Dr. O’Reilly earned his Bachelor’s degree at Thomas Aquinas College in 1984 and his Ph.D. at Université Laval in 1989. In this lecture, Paul O’Reilly discusses whether reason is compatible with religious faith, and whether the existence of God is a reasonable proposition*. This lecture was given at the UCLA Law School on October 24, 2013. To watch the lecture, click on the link below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fq8jZJswJPI *CLAFI does not hold any religious or political affiliation.

“Why the Battle of Gettysburg Matters” -by Allen Guelzo

Allen Carl Guelzo is the Henry R. Luce III Professor of the Civil War Era at Gettysburg College, where he serves as Director of the Civil War Era Studies Program. He has written for The American Historical Review, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal, and he has been featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday, C-SPAN’s Booknotes, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in History from the University of Pennsylvania. This lecture was part of CLAFI’s five-year lecture series on the Civil War in honor of its sesquicentennial (1861-1865, 2011-2015). CLAFI will host two lectures each year of the sesquicentennial, each lecture dealing with the corresponding year of the Civil War. Accordingly, this lecture dealt with the pivotal 1863 Battle of Gettysburg. The lecture was given at the UCLA Law School on November 7, 2013. To watch the lecture, click on the link below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_gN_ex-N1g

“When the Legend Becomes Fact, Print the Legend” -by Joan Waugh

Joan Waugh is a Professor of History at the University of California, Los Angeles. The recipient of Huntington Library, NEH, and Gilder-Lehrman fellowships, she has been interviewed for many documentaries, including the PBS series, “American Experience” on Ulysses S. Grant and the History Channel’s production of “Lee and Grant.” Waugh has also published a number of op-eds on current controversies regarding Civil War issues for media outlets such as the Los Angeles Times and Salon.com. Dr. Waugh has been honored with four teaching prizes, including UCLA’s most prestigious teaching honor, the Distinguished Teaching Award. The lecture was given at the UCLA Law School on April 9, 2015. To watch the lecture, click on the link below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=loBEjhhYKsA

“The Tragic American Revolution and the Accidental Republic” -by Barry Shain

Barry Alan Shain is an assistant professor of Political Science at Colgate University and the author of The Myth of American Individualism: The Protestant Origins of American Political Thought. The lecture was given at the UCLA Law School on November 17, 2016. To watch the lecture, click on the link below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53TKiaTVdik

“Putting it Together: From Stage to Audience” -by Andy Robinson

Andrew J. Robinson is a Professor of Theatre Practice and member of the MFA acting faculty of the USC School of Dramatic Arts, as well as a graduate of the New School for Social Research and a Fulbright Scholar at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, where he trained as an actor. His professional career has encompassed theatre, film and TV as an actor and a director. As an actor and director, he has worked in Europe and throughout the United States in over a hundred theatrical productions – which include Broadway, off-Broadway, off-off, L.A. and regional theatres. Robinson was a founding member of La MaMa Plexus, the Antaeus Classic Theatre Company, and the Matrix Theatre Company where he functioned as co-artistic director for 10 years. Film acting credits include the original cult classics Dirty Harry and Hellraiser, as well as The Drowning Pool, Shoot to Kill, Mask, Cobra andCharley Varrick; and TV includes numerous episodes from Bonanza to the recurring role of Garak on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and the TV films The Atlanta Child MurdersThe Trial of Bernhard GoetzIncident at Vichy and Liberace (title role). He directed episodes of Deep Space Nine, Voyager and was a staff director on CBS’sJudging Amy. He has been nominated for an Emmy and won several L.A. Drama Critics Circle and Ovation Awards for both acting and directing. Robinson created the current MFA Acting Program and directed it for 10 years. He has written a novel, A Stitch in Time, published by Simon and Schuster, and just completed a theatrical memoir, Leaving Hartford. The lecture was given at the UCLA School of Law on December 1, 2016. To watch the lecture, click on the link below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuBIs95uV2c 

“Reconstruction: The Last Bourgeois Revolution” -by Allen Guelzo

Dr. Allen C. Guelzo is the Henry R. Luce Professor of the Civil War Era and Director of Civil War Era Studies at Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. He holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in History from the University of Pennsylvania. Among garnering other honors, he has received the Medal of Honor from the Daughters of the American Revolution. He is a member of the National Council on the Humanities. Professor Guelzo is the author of numerous books on American intellectual history, Abraham Lincoln, and the Civil War era. His publication awards include the Lincoln Prize as well as the Abraham Lincoln Institute Prize for two of his books-Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President and Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation: The End of Slavery in America–making him the first double Lincoln laureate in the history of both prizes. His critically acclaimed book,Lincoln and Douglas: The Debates that Defined America, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2008. Professor Guelzo has written for The American Historical Review, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal, and he has been featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday, C-SPAN’s Booknotes, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. The lecture was given at the UCLA Law School on January 12, 2016. To watch the lecture, click on the link below: https://youtu.be/TxG05fstfFU 

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Past Events

 Past CLAFI Events: 2013-2014

Dramatic Play Reading: All My Sons, by Arthur Miller Feb 03, 2014

Lecture: Shakespeare through an Actor's Microscope by Richard Fancy Feb 06, 2014

Seminar: All My Sons, a play by Arthur Miller Feb 08, 2014

Lecture: Thank God for Greed: on the Use, Abuse, and Limits of Self-Interest Feb 27, 2014

Seminar: Jerry Muller; Selected Readings by Adam Smith Mar 01, 2014

Lecture: Lincoln's Code: The Laws of War in American History Mar 13, 2014

Seminar: Lincoln's Code and the Laws of War Mar 15, 2014

Lecture: "Why Do Business Schools Exist? Democracy, Political Economy, and the Nineteenth Century Origins of Today's Business Schools," by Peter McNamara May 15, 2014

Seminar: Selections from Tocqueville’s Democracy in America with Peter McNamara May 17, 2014

Lecture: "A Culture of Growth: Origins of the Modern Economy," by Joel Mokyr Dec 04, 2014

 Past CLAFI Events: 2014-2015

Play Reading: Oedipus the King, performed by InterAct Theater Company Oct 13, 2014

Lecture: A War for Union: Motivation and Meaning in the Civil War North Oct 16, 2014

Seminar on Lincoln's Presidential Writings with Gary Gallagher Oct 18, 2014

The Actor's Craft: Humor and Poetry in David Mamet's American Buffalo Nov 13, 2014

Seminar on Shakespear's Twelfth Night, with Paul O'Connor Nov 15, 2014

Seminar: Cultural Evolution and Economic Growth with Joel Mokyr Dec 06, 2014

"The Challenge of Translating the Bible" lecture and seminar Jan 08, 2015

Lecture: "Spontaneous Disorder in Adam Smith’s The Theory of Moral Sentiments," by John Scott Jan 22, 2015

Lecture: How to Make (and Keep) a Republic: Selections from Machiavelli, Locke, The Federalist, and Lincoln," by Stephen Elkin Feb 21, 2015

Lecture: "The Founders and the Idea of a National University," by George Thomas Feb 26, 2015

The Browning Version Mar 30, 2015

"When the Legend Becomes Fact, Print the Legend": U.S. Grant and the Surrender at Appomattox Apr 09, 2015

Churchill and the Dardanelles Apr 23, 2015

Conference: Adam Smith and the Moral Economy of Market Society May 14, 2015 - May 15, 2015

The New Natural Law with Michael Skiles May 21, 2015

 Past CLAFI Events: 2015-2016

Lecture: "Robinson Crusoe and the Enlightenment Spirit of Capitalism," by Paul Cantor Oct 08, 2015

Seminar: "The Merchant of Venice: Shakespeare’s View of the Commercial Republic," with Paul Cantor Oct 10, 2015

Play Reading: Sophocles' Antigone, performed by InterAct Theater Company Oct 19, 2015

Play Reading: Jean Anouilh's Antigone, performed by InterAct Theater Company Oct 26, 2015

Lecture: “On Changing False Beliefs: Three Cases from Experimental Economics,” by Nobel Laureate Vernon Smith Nov 12, 2015

Seminar: "Aspects of Adam Smith’s Theory of Moral Sentiments," with Nobel Laureate Vernon Smith Nov 14, 2015

Lecture: “Law, Rigor, and Personal Responsibility in Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale and Sophocles’ Antigone,” by Fred Sanders Dec 03, 2015

Seminar with Actor Fred Sanders Dec 05, 2015

 Past CLAFI Events: 2016-2017

Lecture: "The Three Lives of Grant Wood’s American Gothic," by Wanda Corn Nov 03, 2016

Seminar with Wanda Corn Nov 05, 2016

Play Reading: Molière's The Misanthrope, performed by InterAct Theater Company Nov 07, 2016

Lecture: "The Tragic American Revolution and the Accidental Republic," by Barry Shain Nov 17, 2016

Seminar: "Monarchy, Republicanism, and the American Revolution," with Barry Shain Nov 19, 2016

Lecture: Eugene O'Neill's "Long Day's Journey into Night" by Andy Robinson Dec 01, 2016

Seminar with Andy Robinson Dec 03, 2016

Lecture: “Reconstruction: The Last Bourgeois Revolution," by Allen Guelzo Jan 12, 2017

Seminar with Allen Guelzo Jan 14, 2017

Lecture: “Reading the American Road Trip," by Susan McWilliams Feb 02, 2017

Seminar: "Walt Whitman, Song of the Open Road" with Susan McWilliams Feb 04, 2017

Lecture: "Russian Lessons from 1917: Novelists and the Intelligentsia," by Gary Saul Morson Mar 16, 2017

Seminar: THREE STORIES BY CHEKHOV, “Enemies,” “Happiness,” and “The Student,” with Gary Saul Morson Mar 18, 2017

Lecture: "Washington Schlepped Here: How George Washington Admitted an Error and Won the Revolutionary War," by Woody Holton Apr 13, 2017

Seminar: Letters of Abigail Adams, with Woody Holton Apr 15, 2017

Play Reading: Tom Stoppard's Rough Crossing, performed by InterAct Theatre Company Apr 24, 2017

 Past CLAFI Events: 2017-2018

Play Reading: Euripides' Hippolytus, performed by InterAct Theater Company Oct 16, 2017

Lecture: Churchill, America, and the Great War Oct 19, 2017

Seminar: Why Did the United States Enter the War in 1917? Oct 21, 2017

Play Reading: Jean Racine's Phedre, performed by InterAct Theater Company Oct 23, 2017

Lecture: Is Ours a Godless Age? Nov 02, 2017

Seminar: Max Weber, "Science as a Vocation" Nov 04, 2017

Lecture: Abraham Lincoln and the Daughters of Dred Scott Nov 16, 2017

Seminar: Frederick Douglass, "Oration in Memory of Abraham Lincoln" Nov 18, 2017

Lecture: Travel as Transformation: The Grand Tour Feb 01, 2018

Seminar: The Enlightened Traveler: Goethe in Italy Feb 03, 2018

Lecture: Dissenting Voices from 1776: Why Islanders, Loyalists, Africans, and Indians Rejected the American Revolution Feb 22, 2018

Seminar: The Declaration of Independence and Its Loyalist Critics Feb 24, 2018

Lecture: Finding Shylock: Love and Mercy in "The Merchant of Venice" Apr 12, 2018

Seminar: Adam Posner, "The Chosen," Adapted for the Stage from the Novel by Chaim Potok Apr 14, 2018

Play Reading: Henrik Ibsen's An Enemy of the People, performed by InterAct Theater Company Apr 16, 2018

Past CLAFI Events: 2018-2019

Date/Time Event
Oct 18, 2018
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Lecture: Hamlet and the Spirit of Revenge
UCLA Law School, Room 1457, Los Angeles CA
Oct 20, 2018
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Seminar: Shakespeare's Julius Caesar
UCLA Law School, Room 2326, Los Angeles CA
Oct 22, 2018
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Play Reading: George Bernard Shaw's The Devil's Disciple
UCLA Law School, Room TBD, Los Angeles CA
Nov 01, 2018
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Lecture: "Let Us Have Peace": U.S. Grant, Union, and Civil Rights in the Election of 1868
UCLA Law School, Room 1457, Los Angeles CA
Nov 29, 2018
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Lecture: Homer, Educator of the Greeks (and Us)
UCLA Law School, Room 1447, Los Angeles CA
Dec 01, 2018
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Seminar: Plato, The Republic (Excerpts)
UCLA Law School, Room 2326, Los Angeles CA
Feb 07, 2019
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Lecture: Jane Austen, Aristotle, and the Perfect Plot
UCLA Law School, Room TBD, Los Angeles CA
Feb 09, 2019
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Seminar: Tom Stoppard's Arcadia
Royce Hall, Room 306, Los Angeles CA
Feb 11, 2019
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Play Reading: Tom Stoppard's Arcadia
UCLA Law School, Room TBD, Los Angeles CA
Feb 21, 2019
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Lecture: Will the Real Wolfgang Mozart Please Stand Up?
Royce Hall, Room 314, Los Angeles CA
Feb 23, 2019
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Seminar: Mozart's Don Giovanni
UCLA Law School, Faculty Library (Room 2326), Los Angeles CA
Apr 04, 2019
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Lecture: "Aye, Too Gentle!": Re-Examining the Motives for Evil in Othello
UCLA Law School, Room 1457, Los Angeles CA
Apr 06, 2019
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Seminar: Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part One
UCLA Law School, Faculty Library (Room 2326), Los Angeles CA
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